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by Alastair Reid,Ignacio Padilla

eBook Antipodes: Stories epub
  • ISBN: 0312424388
  • Author: Alastair Reid,Ignacio Padilla
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: World Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador; First edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • ePUB size: 1268 kb
  • FB2 size 1754 kb
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Ignacio Padilla really delivers with this collection of eclectic, mesmerizing fables set during various historical times in the 19th and 20th centuries

Ignacio Padilla really delivers with this collection of eclectic, mesmerizing fables set during various historical times in the 19th and 20th centuries. Every story is well crafted and character-driven; the settings large, the stories intimate and inviting.

Padilla’s Antipodes is a book that tells as much as it shows. Events race along at an astonishing speed with little regard for the typical scene-sequel approach of a lot of modern literature. Often, Padilla simply tells the reader about a conversation between characters rather than show the dialogue. Combining history with legend and invention, these stories are wonderful flights of the imagination about reckless explorers, bizarre mysteries and absurd missions. Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico in 1968 and has, for many years, been at the vanguard of a literary movement that has produced some of the most intellectually stimulating narratives of recent decades.

Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Перевод: Alastair Reid. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. From Mexico's Padilla (Shadow Without a Name, 2003), a dozen trinkets about far-flung places, exotic times, weird people, weird things. There is, for example, the slip of a tale "The Antipodes and the. Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico City, and is the author of several award-winning novels and short-story collections. His novel, Shadow Without a Name (FSG, 2002) was the first of his works to be translated into English.

Translated by. Alastair Reid. Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies.

Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico City and is the author of numerous award-winning novels and short-story collections. Shadow Without a Name was the first of his works to be translated into English. Country of Publication. Translated by.

Antipodes: Stories》:电子书,作者为Ignacio Padilla。您可以在 PC、Android 设备、iOS 设备上使用 . From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English.

Antipodes: Stories》:电子书,作者为Ignacio Padilla。您可以在 PC、Android 设备、iOS 设备上使用 Google Play 图书应用阅读本书。下载《Antipodes: Stories》即可离线阅读,您还可以在阅读时突出显示书中的内容、添加书签或做笔记。 . This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume spans time, place, and culture as the narratives move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest.

Antipodes - Ignacio Padilla. This collection of short stories never really misses - because Padilla's writing talent is so great.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Antipodes - Ignacio Padilla. However, the stories themselves do hit and miss. Still, well-worth the read as it's a quick couple of hours of reading. davidabramsGo to davidabrams's profile, opens in a new window.

Alastair Reid (born 22 March 1926) is a Scottish poet and academic. He has been called "one of Scotland's foremost literary figures, admired as a craftsman in poetry, prose and translation. Ignacio Padilla, Antipodes. Reid was born in Wigtown, Galloway, Scotland. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2004.

Alastair Reid (Whithorn, 22 March 1926 – Manhattan, 21 September 2014) was a Scottish poet and a scholar of South American literature. He was known for his lighthearted style of poems and for his translations of South American poets Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. Although he was known for translations, his own poems had gained notice during his lifetime. He had lived in Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Morocco, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and in the United States

Other Latin American poets Reid has translated include the Cuban Herberto Padilla and Mexican José Emilio Pacheco, whose brief poem ‘High Treason’ seems particularly relevant to Reid: I do not love my country.

Poems watch bibliography. He was born on 22 March 1926 in Wigtown, Galloway – his father a Church of Scotland minister, and his mother a doctor –and given what he calls ‘a gentle, kindly beginning’ there and in the summers they spent on Arran. Other Latin American poets Reid has translated include the Cuban Herberto Padilla and Mexican José Emilio Pacheco, whose brief poem ‘High Treason’ seems particularly relevant to Reid: I do not love my country. Its abstract lustre is beyond my grasp.

Translated by Alastair Reid. Antipodes is a collection of twelve short stories

Translated by Alastair Reid. Antipodes is a collection of twelve short stories. If not downright antipodean, the stories have a displaced feel, with a distinct colonial British air to them - a familiar enough age, close to our own, but already entirely superseded. Padilla writes with elegant precision, despite the often fantastic elements of his stories - yet another reflection of that lost time in which the spectacular was greeted with that distinctly British attitude of trying to conform to that sense of Englishness, regardless of place or circumstances. Padilla's approach works to fairly good effect, and adds a comic layer to the stories.

These lively and eclectic narratives, by the author of Shadow Without a Name, move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest: here, among others, are the stories of a Scottish engineer who builds an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; and of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devil's existence. Based on history, legend, and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

Comments: (5)
Rrinel
In this little collection of stories-- his second book to be published in English, the Mexican writer Ignacio Padilla establishes himself as a fantastic teller of tales. They are set all over the world and no two of them have anything in common with each other except they are all inventive and brilliant. In the story "Ever Wrest: Log of the Journey," we have a pilot into women's clothes who climbs Mount Everest and then disappears: "The Chineses say nothing about how Wilson's [the cross-dressing climber] body was clothed but it is still possible to view, in the Alpine Museum of the Communist Party, a voluptuous high-heeled shoe that the legendary mountaineer Chu Ying-hua swears he found under the snow only a few paces from the British flag that Sir Edmund Hillary planted on the summit of Everest just a few days before Princess Elizabeth was crowned in Westminister Abbey." Another favorite of mine is "Chronicle of the Second Plague" in which inhabitants of St. Martin believe that since they have survived the bubonic plague that they are immune from a second plague, a little like the belief many of us hold that lightning would never strike the same place twice. Then there is the narrator in "The Chinaman with the Heads" who meets a gentleman who is trying to get through customs with a box that contains "half a dozen human heads carefully wrapped in linen, with a penetrating odor that led me to believe they had been preserved in formaldehyde."

Mr. Padilla seems to be right smack in the Latin American writers' tradition of magic realism. I understand a new novel will be translated soon into English. I can't wait to read it.
Bys
Ignacio Padilla really delivers with this collection of eclectic, mesmerizing fables set during various historical times in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Every story is well crafted and character-driven; the settings large, the stories intimate and inviting. Padilla has obviously spent his energies wisely in his choice of words, his characters' plight, and his landscapes' depth.

This book was just a delight to read. It will be one of those books that I look forward to sharing with new people again and again.

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A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
Faell
Ignacio Padilla writes wonderful "fables" with themes of colonialism, politics, adventure, ethnic superiority, personal honor and life in general run amok - entertaining tales showing potential but not yet up to the quality of the masters (Pelevin, Calvino, Borges).

However, if you want a chuckle on perfect health or minimal need for sleep Padilla will provoke both thought and laughter. My favorite image is that of paintings "quite simply wearing away from being looked at so much." Not even time is reliable in Rhodesia when settlers are afflicted with "nkalo." War becomes a calculation of odds - based on authentic vs. imitation weapons. Padilla's story worlds are inventive and amusing but not quite compelling in the manner of Borges or Pelevin. Padilla is clearly an author worth watching in his development.
Xanzay
I came across this slim volume while looking around for short story collections and was pleasantly surpised by the quality of Padilla's writing. This collection reminded me of some of Italo Calvino's stories, with shifts from simplicity to elegance throughout. In under 150 pages you will visit points around globe, including the Gobi desert and a deranged explorer, a sanitorium transformed into a lush garden, and a curious city known for its flour during a time of starvation.
Deeroman
Was completely charmed by this delightful collection of surreal short stories. All at once reminded of Isabel Allende, Unamuno, Rudyard Kipling and Cervantes.
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